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People are more excited for this election than the last

24.09.2021 - 12:03
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 Mynd: Birgir Þór Harðarson - RÚV
The latest Gallup Pulse of the Nation poll reveals that a significant majority of people in Iceland would rather vote for individual candidates than party lists (63 percent versus 37 percent), and also that people are generally more excited by tomorrow’s election than they were four years ago when the nation last voted for members of Alþingi.

The poll notes that the 63 percent who would rather vote for candidates than parties includes nearly all respondents who are either undecided voters, plan not to vote, or plan to submit blank ballots tomorrow. Miðflokkurinn (Centre Party) voters are the only group who would rather vote for candidate lists than individuals. Meanwhile, Flokkur fólksins (People’s Party) and Píratar (Pirates) voters are most in favour of candidate voting. 70 percent of women overall would prefer to vote for individuals, compared to 56 percent of men.

People or issues? 

Half of voters under 30 say the election campaign is mostly about issues. They stand out against other groups where personalities are more important. Nearly a quarter of voters over 60 believe the candidates themselves are the most important part of the campaign, and most others in that age group believe it is a mix of candidates and issues. 

There is a big gap between parties there, too. Nearly half of Viðreisn (Reform Party) voters believe the campaign is about issues, 40 percent of Vinstri grænir (Left Greens) voters, 38 percent of Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (Independence Party) voters, and 37 percent of Sósíalistaflokkurinn (Socialist Party) voters agree. 28 percent of Miðflokkurinn (Centre Party) voters believe the campaign is mostly about candidates, and 27 percent of socialist voters. 

Much excitement 

More people are excited about the outcome of this year’s election than four years ago, according to the poll. Nearly three-in-four respondents are excited and only ten percent not very excited at all.  

Undecided voters, those who plan to submit blank ballots, and those who plan not to vote are the most likely to say they are not very familiar with each party’s policies and promises. Overall, two-thirds of respondents say they know the parties’ positions well. 

Seven in ten respondents plan to watch some or all of tomorrow night’s television coverage of the election, 40 percent will be following the election pages of the main media outlets, and around 15 percent will be following along on Twitter—largely people aged 40 and younger. Ten percent of respondents will be holding or attending an election night party, and eight percent plan to attend one or more political party’s official election night events. 

The poll reached out to 1,938 individuals between 20th and 23rd September. 51.8 percent answered the questions. 

RÚV English will feature nearly-live election night coverage on the RÚV English Election 2021 page (also shared on Facebook). Not only the latest news and numbers, but also interviews in English throughout the night.